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Welcome to the home page of Health, Prosperity, and Leadership Institute. You can read all about our mission and our history and our leadership in the navigation bar on the left side of the screen. Our programs are wide and diverse, running the gammut from providing tai chi and qigong classes to groups and seniors, organically grown food for the homeless, entrepreneurship education for talented children, health research for the infirm, support programs for people living with cancer, pain relief programs for people living in pain, helping struggling writers to get published, to saving the bluebirds on the blue bird trail. The one thing all of our programs have in common is helping people achieve health, attain prosperity, and developing leadership skills - for everyone, everywhere. We know that it's a tall order, but our dedicated squandrons of volunteers all over the world are attempting to do just that.

Announcing ...

How to Build (or Re-build) a Flourishing Integrative Healthcare Practice Retreat
August 21, 22, & 23, 2020     Long Beach Island, NJ

  • Do you teach or do Tai Chi, Pilates, Qigong, Meditation, Holistic Health, Yoga, Reiki, Wellness, Acupuncture, Nutrition, Naturopathy, Fitness, Healing Touch, Therapy, or any other Integrative Health Practice? 
  • Would you like to be able to help more people  than you currently are able to help?
  • Would you like to be able to increase the amount you are compensated for helping others using these practices?
  • Have you ever wondered how some practitioners can be so successful at earning a living this way, while you feel like it is more like pulling teeth to get new clients?
  • Has your practice been negatively impacted by COVID-19 cancellations and shut downs?
  • Have you been teaching for free online, and now need to transition back to getting paid?
  • Would you like to know the secret sauce - the secret combination of behaviors that mean the difference between success and failure when it comes to building a client base?
  • Would you like to be even more effective at helping people?

Then you owe it to yourself to attend How to Build (or Re-build) a Flourishing Integrative Healthcare Practice.   This fantastic retreat is going to happen on August 21, 22, & 23, 2020.  There are two options for attending; 1) online, via zoom, while you stay 100% completely safe and sound in your own home, or 2) Getting out of the house and spending the weekend on the Jersey Shore - at the fabulous Maris Stella Conference and Retreat Center right on the beach in Harvey Cedars, Long Beach Island. 

Want to know more about it?  Read all about it on the webpage.  And take our survey to let us know your thoughts.


We need your help.

Like all non-profits, we are hurting due to the world wide COVID 19 Pandemic. One of our most beloved and widespread programs, World Tai Chi and Qigong Day, normally occurs on the last Saturday of April, which this year was April 25. We took our program online, and did an eight our Online Summit with sixteen presenters. We hope that next year, the last Saturday in April, our 300+ volunteers putting on World Tai Chi Day events in over 60 countries will be able to hold their outdoor events, introducting this health practice to as many people as possible.

The pandemic has given us some insights into what the future of integrative healthcare practices such as Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, Walking, Pilates, and Meditation can do for people fighting not only a dangerous virus, but also the mental issue of stress and other physical ailments. Everywhere these classes are going online, being able to help more people in larger and larger geographical areas for less cost. We are also working on developing a research protocol to establish the effectiveness and efficacy of integration health regimens for widespread and common illnesses, especially for people dealing with secondary health issue such as chronic respiratory, cardiac, or auto-immune disorders.

Also like most non-profits, we are hurting financially as our normal fundraisers have been cancelled or postponed. Won't you help? Please donate now.

Are you a Healthcare Practitioner?

Kutztown University Students Helping with Integrative Health Practitioner Classes and Groups Website

Kutztown University students are helping HPL 501c3 Institute by creating project plans and conducting a survey that will help figure out exactly which features to include in the website and apps development. The website and apps (tentatively named "" and "" ) are designed to help Healthcare Providers and Integrative Healthcare Practitioners connect for the good of their patients and clients. Thank you SO MUCH for your help!

Please click here to take the survey if you haven't already.

People and organizations join HPL Institute because they are in alignment with our mission (health, prosperity, and leadership for everyone, everywhere). Some member groups are directly part of our organization (those who have applied for Associate Subsidiary status [click here to apply] and qualify as 501c3 non-profits under our umbrella), and others are separate non-profits with their own non-profit status as Partners. We also welcome for-profit organizations as Partner members. Furthermore, individuals may join as Integrative Health Practitioners.

More About Integrative Health Practitioner Programs

The membership category for integrative health practitioners such as Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga, and other healthcare related teachers. In addition to our regular memberships, we now have available Practitioner Member and Professional Member levels. Qualified, ethical practitioners and professionals will be the first to take advantage of using the website platform to organize and manage their classes, groups, and client lists. (Soon we will also be working with several organizations for practitioner and professional members certification.) Furthermore, professional members who run health classes and groups under our HPL501c3 Institute program are eligible to be covered under our liability insurance. To apply for this membership, fill out this form and return to us.

Associate Subsidiary Member Organizations

World Tai Chi Day
World Tai Chi Day

Over twenty five years ago, Bill Douglas and Angela Wong Douglas got an idea to hold an annual massive global event the last Saturday in April, known as World Tai Chi & Qigong Day. The event is still held today, every year, in hundreds of cities in over 80 nations. The World Tai Chi Day website posts videos and pictures of many of them, and is dedicated to educating millions around the planet about Tai Chi & Qigong's benefits. Their website helps people to find and get the most from local classes. They consult with health care organizations, corporations, government and educational institutions about integrative health practices, and publicize large events and research on Tai Chi and Qigong.

Reading Science Center
Reading Science Center

The Reading Science Center will be a science museum for students and adults to learn about the physical sciences, and will also serve as a central location for Informal Science Education, providing space for schools and other organizations, such as Boys Scouts and Girls Scouts, to hold their STEM activities. Its proposed location in downtown Reading will provide accessibility to the local residents and their families, providing educational opportunities in a community in need. The science center will serve to advance operational science literacy--scientific ways of problem-solving-- and functional science literacy--information and skills people can use in their daily lives—to the surrounding community. This sharing of knowledge will enable the development of skills and abilities that will contribute to the community's overall well-being. Email: moc.orivneytrebil@illenicj for more details.

Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization
Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization

Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization is dedicated to spreading the benefits of Tai Chi and other integrative health practices to everyone.

Taijiquan is an ancient Chinese martial art known for its health benefits as well as being functional for self defense. Our mission is to share the benefits of Taijiquan. We respect and honor all Taijiquan traditions and styles.

    TJQE aims to:
  • increase general knowledge of tai chi
  • increase the quality of tai chi everywhere
  • maintain a record of tai chi history
  • understand the Chinese culture, which is the source of tai chi
  • integrate tai chi principles into leadership and conflict resolution programs

Organization for Pain Free Living
Organization for Pain Free Living

Our mission is to help people live pain free lives.

Chronic Pain can be debilitating. Although often unrelated to a medical condition, the persistent pain is perceived, real, persistent, and can be seen in the MRI. Pain can be visceral or deeply somatic, nociceptive or neuropathic, and deeply effects lives. Painful conditions such as fibromyalgia, lower back problems, rheumatoid arthritis, peripheral neuropathy, and cancer may be eased by movement and massage. It can be treated with behavioral therapy, but is often deeply ingrained in the brain's structures. Exercise can reduce the production of cytokines, which play a role in inflammation and pain. Opiates and other medication over time exasperates the pain.

The Organization for Pain Free Living (OPFL) researches and provides real solutions, therapies, talks, and workshops to help people understand their pain and help them and their spouses take steps that reduce the frequency and severity of chronic pain. A new protocol SET which combines cardiac gated electrical stimulation with operant therapy has been created and is currently being tested. OPFL will also provide equipment, videos, and other support to underserved populations such as senior citizens and people undergoing physical rehabilitation.

Complete Mind Body Spirit Tai Chi Association
Complete Mind Body Spirit Tai Chi Association

Complete Mind Body & Spirit Tai Chi For Health Association (CMBS Tai Chi) is an all volunteer, non-profit 501c3 organization offering tai chi classes in Bucks County, PA. A typical class usually consists of an assortment of activities. These can include: Yang style short form, Qigong, the Animal Frolics, the Eight Brocades, Shaolin Temple exercises, the Five Elements and the Four Directions, and a meditative form drawn from Falun Dafa (sometimes called Chinese yoga). Results include: reduced stress, better concentration, improved balance, increased range of motion, weight loss, better posture, long life with better health and general well-being.

Perpetual classes and continuing education run throughout the year. Classes are held in different locations in Middletown Township and Falls Township in Bucks County, PA.

Pagoda Writers
Pagoda Writers

The Pagoda Writers is a diverse and creative group of people that come together each month to learn, support, and inspire each other through workshops designed to bring professionals who have the tools necessary to provide leadership guidance to our writers.



Asklepios is a group of researchers dedicated to ensuring rigorous and scientific methods are applied to research on integrative healthcare studies such as Tai chi, Qigong, Massage Therapy, Yoga, Pilates, etc. The researchers encourage well-developed research design and publish reviews research agendas.



Pottstown Dance Theatre Intercultural Youth Program
Intercultural Youth Program

In addition to wonderful dance classes and healthful Pilates classes, Michelle Wurtz of Pottstown Dance Studio works on a special intercultural program each year. (often with a grant from the Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts) for her students. The works are designed to empower students to set and reach strong goals, and to discourage bullying.


Garden Group of UUFP
Garden Group of UUFP

Volunteers grow non GMO organic vegetables from April to December and donate the harvest to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Organizations. Our mission is to promote, support and advocate the use of heirloom seeds and non GMO organic food for all. Volunteers are welcome. Email: gro.nwotsttopuu@snedrag for more details.


UUFP Bluebird Trail
Bluebird Trail of UUFP

The Bluebird Trail of UUFP, under the direction of the Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania, maintains,and monitors bluebird boxes. Comprised of at least 10 nesting boxes in three different areas, the volunteers of this group check the boxes weekly to ensure that blue birds and other native birds are kept safe from harm and given the best possible chance for fledging. They also encourage habitat that is attractive to native species, providing mealworms, water, seeds and other amenities to attract our feathered friends. Email: ten.tsacmoc@dribeulbhvm for more details.

Chai Tea Tai Chi
Chai Tea Tai Chi

Chai Tea Tai Chi is designed to accelerate each individual’s physical, mental, and spiritual evolution through a fun and empowering kinesthetic learning process that produces dramatic results. Practicing this art will literally make you more effective at everything you do and improve every facet of your life, including your physical and emotional well being, awareness and focus, spiritual alignment, and interpersonal relationships. This training is highly effective but non-strenuous, and is suitable for individuals of all ages and states of health. Join our online learning community or attend any of our classes or workshops to accelerate your physical, mental, and spiritual goals and bring relaxed, effortless power to bear in all areas of your life. Email: gro.ihciataetiach@ofni for more details.


Other Member and Partner Organizations

Harvesting History
Harvesting History

Harvesting History was founded in 2016 by heirloom horticultural experts with many years in the industry. Each of these individuals shared a love and deep respect for the flowers, vegetables and herbs that have been a part of Americans’ lives for centuries. They also shared a commitment to educating anyone interested in learning about or developing an appreciation for the horticultural legacy that is one of this planet’s many gifts to humankind. Each of us has spent decades gardening. The Company features heirloom flower, vegetable and herb seeds, heirloom roots and sets, heirloom flower bulbs, classic gardening tools and other classic gardening products. Wherever possible, we have selected products made in the United States. We are thrilled to partner with HPL Institute, and we strongly support the mission of Health, Prosperity, and Leadership for everyone, everywhere.


Institute of Leadership in Management
Institute of Leadership in Management

The Institute of Leadership in Management is the sponsoring organization for the Journal of Leadership and Management. It is concerned with all types of leadership, all over the world. Please join us in our mission to disseminate research on leadership in management.


World Affairs Council of Reading
World Affairs Council of Reading


The World Affairs Council of Greater Reading is a non-profit, non-partisan organization committed to advocating our community's awareness of international issues and the common interests we share with the rest of the world. The mission of the World Affairs Council of Greater Reading is to create and sustain an intelligent interest in international affairs on the part of Berks County citizens and promote their awareness of world-wide economics, political, and cultural events. This past year we sponsored 10 events, and we have 17 more planned for next year. Our events are:

  • monthly luncheons and/or breakfasts with a speaker on an international topic
  • the local World Quest competition (held on March 6, 2018 at Reading Area Community College)
  • provide a scholarship in the name of Alan Miller, Esquire. Deadline for applications is April 15, 2019.
  • Promotes and subsidizes local high school students at the luncheons
  • Sponsors and supports World Affairs Clubs at Albright and Penn State Berks colleges.

  • New Jersey Tai Chi
    New Jersey Tai Chi

    Tai Chi - teaching form, push hands, the martial applications of the movements in the forms along with Qigong. Fa Kung energy healing sessions are also offered. Classes are Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7am to 8am at a Touch of Wellbeing in Caldwell, New Jersey. Additional private and group sessions are available by appointment.


    Spiral Chi Center
    Spiral Chi Center

    Tai Chi and Qigong classes, and healing sessions using fa gong, reflexology, and other modalities. Spiral Chi Center is run by Greg Knollmeyer.


    Berks Business Education Coalition

    The mission of the Berks Business Education Coalition is to develop and coordinate resources within the business and education communities which improve the competencies of students and enhance their aspirations for continuing education.

    Berks Business Education Coalition

    The Berks Business Education Coalition actively seeks avenues for interested businesses, organizations, and individuals to engage directly with students. The Coalition partners with other community organizations, including the Greater Reading Chamber of Commerces and Industry, the Greater Reading Economic Partnership, and the Berks County Workforce Investment Board to support student achievement and expanded career awareness.

    Opportunities are also provided to donate resources, cash and in-kind, to support educational improvement initiatives identified by the Coalition. Donations to the Coalition are tax deductible.

    Program Goals
    • 1. Promote career awareness and development programs for students in Berks County.
    • 2.Support member schools in the effort to improve basic academic performance.
    • 3.Promote appropriate, differentiated interest in pursuit of post secondary higher education.
    • 4.Facilitate continuing dialogue between, with, and among K-12 and higher education.
    • 5.Provide for the viability and sustainability of coalition programs and services.

    The Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Memorial Tai Chi Park Foundation
    The Master Jou, Tsung Hwa Memorial Tai Chi Park Foundation

    In 1984 Master Jou founded the legendary Tai Chi Farm on 103 beautiful acres in Warwick, NY. It was there that he held classes and hosted workshops in taijiquan, qigong, and meditation, invited other world-renowned teachers to share their arts, and hosted the Annual Zhang San Feng Festival which was attended by Tai Chi enthusiasts from all over this country and the world. The event was held in high regard by those in the Tai Chi world due to its inclusiveness, friendliness, and enthusiasm. For the past decade, Tai Chi enthusiasts have continued the traditions of the Tai Chi Farm by gathering at Tai Chi Park, in memory of Master Jou, Tsung Hwa on the second weekend each July. Workshops, demonstrations, and inspirations introduce new generations to the gentle (yet powerful) art of Tai Chi as well as many activities under the larger umbrella term of Qigong.

    Pushing for Peace Institute

    The Pushing for Peace Institute is a program that teaches T'ai Chi movements and philosophy to prevent violence and increase mental and physical health. Practicing T'ai Chi causes a significant shift away from the bully/victim paradigm, and towards a mutually beneficial exchange. It provides an opportunity to play on a level playing field, a safe space where there are no winners and no losers, and everybody gains.

    Pushing For Peace Pushing for Peace Workshops are for:
    • Children of all ages
    • Differently-abled people with special needs
    • Veterans with PTSD
    • Healing from substance abuse
    • Understanding the meaning of Tai Chi
    • Feeling Qi
    • Conflict Resolution
    • Creative teamwork
    • Tai Chi teachers who want to launch a children's program
    • Creating inner focus
    • Stimulating creativity for the performing and fine artist
    • Reducing stress and lowering blood pressure

    Berks Intercultural Alliance
    Berks Intercultural Alliance

    The Berks Intercultural Alliance's mission is to facilitate healthy intercultural relations in our community. We intend to accomplish this through:

    • Education, training and advocacy
    • partnering and cooperating with like-minded groups
    • using existing resources.

    Our vision is to make Reading/Berks ever more a place where:

    • All persons of differing ethnicities and cultures are accepted and respected.
    • All children and maturing youth receive a good education and have safe recreation outlets.
    • All levels of government seek to ensure the just and equitable treatment of each and every person.

    Our community is composed of a variety of ethnic/cultural/faith groups. The Berks Inter-Cultural Alliance offers a place to meet, communicate and work together to build a stronger, more engaged community.


    Catch The Curve
    Catch The Curve

    Catch the Curve is a 501c3 non profit organization dedicated to minimizing the emotional effects on adults & teens dealing with Scoliosis and other spinal deformities. Christie Maruka-Loran, the founder, was a Scoliosis patient herself. Christie's 65 degree curve progressed quickly and forced her to have surgery. She wore a body brace through her teen years and knows how that can affect self esteem during adolescence, which is a very vulnerable time in the life of a teen. This group helps others with spinal deformities.


    Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania
    Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania

    The Bluebird Society of Pennsylvania is dedicated to the protection, enjoyment and propagation of the Eastern Bluebird and other native cavity nesting species in Pennsylvania and elsewhere. They provide and promote educational activities relating to bluebirds, birding, conservation and related subjects. They monitor and conduct research relating to bluebirds, other cavity nesting birds, food sources, habits, and trails. They build, maintain,and monitor bluebird boxes and trails. They also provide opportunities for people to become involved in efforts that assist bluebirds and other native bird species.

    Haydenfilms Institute
    Haydenfilms Institute

    Haydenfilms Institute is a non-profit organization with a vision to create and foster an online network of independent and student filmmakers and to provide the support and resources necessary for them to succeed in the film industry. Its Online Film Festival, special events, road shows, educational activities and other programs help filmmakers through all stages of their careers from choosing to embark on a career in film in high school to producing independent films as a seasoned veteran. They also hold an annual Film Workshop where high school students have an opportunity to meet with entrepreneurs and business leaders in the community and learn about growing a business in today's economy. Entrepreneurs and business leaders participate in a live panel discussion, Student get the opportunity to compose their very own storyboards and scripts while becoming actors, film the action, and produce a short video for a business.


    Canadian Taijiquan Federation
    Canadian Taijiquan Federation

    The Canadian Taijiquan Federation is one of the few Tai chi related organizations in the world who certify Tai Chi instructors regardless of style. It's mission is to encourage development in the practice of Taijiquan and preserve its characteristics as an expression of Chinese culture and philosophy. It also works to stimulate public awareness of and participation in Taijiquan and to inclusively link practitioners of Taijiquan from various styles and traditions without precedence, whether as individuals or gathered in groups, clubs and organizations as they join the Federation family. They network nationally and internationally with other Taijiquan practitioners, groups, clubs and organizations with the aim of broadening and strengthening the Canadian Taijiquan experience.

    Cold Mountain Internal Arts
    Cold Mountain Internal Arts

    Cold Mountain Internal Arts is a tai chi club devoted to learning and practicing various Tai Chi and Qi Gong forms with a combination of theory and practice. The club also has an academic component. Students are encouraged to read classic and modern references of internal arts and philosophies from Eastern as well as Western traditions. Groups gather regularly to study textbooks or articles and understand how to incorporate their teachings into one's own practice.


    United Fellowship of Martial Artist
    United Fellowship of Martial Artist

    In 2010 UFoMA was founded by Dr. John Hsi Lee and Dr. Christopher M. Viggiano, both highly decorated and widely respected Martial Artists and trained in a variety of Martial Studies. They felt the need to offer a community of unity to fellow practitioners of all styles and systems regardless of style, rank or affiliation. They explore the diversity of culture, history, traditions, and philosophies of the Martial & Healing Arts, as well as, incorporating the modern day Scientific findings outlining the benefits of consistent Martial Disciplines.

    UFoMA hosts an annual Chinese New Year banquet celebration in Chinatown, Philadelphia and a Hall of Fame Awards Banquet now every other year. Throughout the year their members get together, present workshops and share their expertise to Preserve & Perpetuate the Arts for the present and future generations to follow.


    Healer Within Foundation
    Healer Within Foundation

    The mission of the Healer Within Foundation is to promote personal responsibility for health and wellness through education and research in the areas of integrative medicine and self-care, resulting in disease prevention, reduced medical costs, increased productivity and creativity, and wellbeing for individuals, communities and institutions worldwide.

    The Healer Within Foundation's programs empower people using medically proven self-care practices that effectively support disease prevention, accelerate healing, and decrease unnecessary mental and physical suffering.

    Their largest program is TaiChiEasy, an evidence based program using gentle movement, breath practice, self-applied massage, and meditation.


    Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi
    Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi

    The Institute of Integral Qigong and Tai Chi (IIQTC), founded in the spirit of the new millennium in 2000 by Dr. Roger Jahnke. The Institute's Qigong and Tai Chi training programs make Qigong and Tai Chi enjoyable and accessible for everyone.

    IIQTC, is at the forefront of Qigong and Tai Chi training and research. Clients feel healthier, make more money, have more energy, and are more productive.


    Next Step Strategies
    Next Step Strategies Next Step Strategies, LLC was founded to educate and encourage individuals to discover their body's natural healing ability. Our modalities include, but are not limited to:
    • T'ai Chi Chih
    • Seijaku
    • Qigong
    • Reiki
    • Donna Eden Energy Medicine
    We want to foster self-empowerment for our clientele in their healing journey. We teach you natural techniques, in clear simple language, and provide the philosophy and/or research supporting them - See more at: Next Step Strategies


    Wu Wei Tai Chi & David Chen Foundation
    Wu Wei Tai Chi & David Chen Foundation

    Wu Wei Tai chi is a school in the greater Washington D.C. area with a deep history and a strong lineage. Joanne Chang currently runs the school since the death of her husband and its founder, David Chen, in 2005. You can see Joanne at the front of this demo of Cheng Man-Ching's shortened Yang form, performed at the dedication of the David C. Chen Memorial Tai Chi Court at Cabin John Regional Park in September of 2011.

    David Chen was also one of the founders of our Taijiquan Enthusiasts Organization and donated his talents by designing the logo for the organization.


    Faustman Lab
    Faustman Laboratory
    Denise Faustman, MD, PhD, is Director of the Immunobiology Laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Faustman Laboratory is currently focusing on discovering and developing new treatments for type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune diseases, including Crohn's disease, lupus, scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. Unlike previous approaches, the BDG research goal is to reverse the autoimmune diseases, not just treat them with drugs or surgery. Positive results from the Phase I study were reported in 2012, and Phase II has just begun.

    National Qigong Association Research and Education Committee
    National Qigong Association Research and Education Committee
    The Research and Education Committee provides our membership relevant, current scientifically sound research that can assist them in the education of the public on the profound health benefits of Qigong and Medical Qigong in an easy to understand format. Additionally, we provide our membership an opportunity for participation in Qigong research.


    Off the Couch Gang
    Off The Couch Gang
    Off The Couch Gang is a loosely associated group of people in the Lehigh Valley, PA, who feel the need to "get off the couch" and have fun. Music, art, food, beverages, biking, dancing, and more. They get together with other like-minded people for social gatherings and discussions in various events throughout the year. It has been going on since 1999, and organized by Fred Fritch.



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